I've seen a dog I'm interested in. What do I do?
Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. We will then send you a Foster Questionnaire. This will help us to understand what you are looking for and whether we think you can provide a home for one of the dogs in need.
I've completed a Foster Questionnaire. What's the next step and how long will I have to wait?
If you can potentially offer a collie a home and we have approved your Foster Questionnaire, we will arrange a home-check. Home-checks are carried out by volunteers. Often they are done by people who have fostered or adopted a dog through PPBC. Alternatively, they may be carried out by a member of a collaborating charity. In some instances, this will be arranged a day or two after we receive your foster questionnaire. Some areas have more volunteers than others and most of the people who kindly agree to carry out home-checks have jobs and busy lives, so it may take a little longer than a day or two so please be patient.
What happens at the Home-Check?
These visits are informal. It's an opportunity for the home-checker to assess you/your home for suitability to rehome a collie through PPBC. There is nothing you need to do other than be yourself; there's no need for you to do anything to prepare. There will be an opportunity for you to ask questions, although please be aware that if the home checker is from a collaborating charity, they will only be able to answer queries directly relating to the form as they may not be familiar with the dogs currently in foster with PPBC.
I was asked to make adaptations after my home check. How long have I got to do this?
In some instances, we may ask for minor adaptations to be made before we can place a collie with you. This may be something as simple as blocking gaps in fencing to stop a potential escapologist collie from leaving your garden. We won't put a time frame on this but remember, the sooner you are able to make changes, the sooner we can proceed with the approval process.
I've applied because there was a dog in particular. Will this dog be held for me until my application is complete?
At PPBC, one of our strengths is matching dogs to their ideal home. Dogs will not be 'held' even if you've emailed to express your interest, as the priority is to place dogs in a suitable home; this being said, if there are a number of people who have expressed an interest, consideration will be given to all applications and the 'best suited' home will be where the dog is placed. The dogs' needs come first. If you have applied on behalf of one dog in particular and the dog gets homed to someone else, please don't be disheartened! We get approached on a daily basis, to take dogs in for rehoming; your perfect pooch will find you in the end!
My application has been successful. Now what?
You will be notified by our Admin team that your application to become a fosterer has been approved. You will then be given access to information regarding dogs currently available and dogs who are needing homes. If you see a dog you may be interested in, send our Admin team an email.
Why does the paperwork refer to 'Fostering' when I want to adopt?
Even if you become approved (and are therefore permitted to rehome a dog with PPBC), the dog placed with you will officially be 'fostered' for the first four weeks. This is so you and your furry friend can make sure you are the perfect match. At the end of the four week period, if you're both happy, you can officially adopt your collie!